From Andy Reed, president and CEO of Texas People Federal Credit Union in Fort Worth comes a story that warms all of our hearts and reminds us why credit unions are so needed and valued in our communities. First, never forget, it’s about the people. Reed, in a stirring Facebook post, brings us a story about a special person named Harry, one of Texas People FCU’s members.“I want to tell you a story about Harry and my extraordinary team at my new credit union,” Reed says. “Recently, Harry stopped coming in for his daily cup of coffee. Concerned, the staff checked in on him and found him overwhelmed by life.”As background information, Harry lives in a small one-bedroom apartment, survives on $300 a month after he pays his rent, and had a $250 electric bill to pay. “As you can imagine, this is just not economically feasible,” Reed says. “My very generous team selflessly circled the wagons and split his electric bill to keep his lights on last Friday. I was so proud of their generosity and kindness. They’re such an amazing group of people and I’m so glad to have every one of them on my staff.”Reed goes on to explain, “In trying to help Harry, I learned enough to disturb me. He was nine years old when his mom left him on the side of the road and told him, ‘You’re the biggest mistake I ever made.’ His life has been filled with all of the things most of us fear—hunger to the point of near starvation, homelessness, mental illness, and an existence with no family or real friends. About a decade ago Harry was able to get off the streets and into an apartment. Of course, he has many emotional and physical ailments which are no doubt the scars of a past he didn’t choose for himself. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Not a city hotel, but a suburban Brisbane home.Not a bad move for the Brisbane’s suburban elite.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair or facebook on Kieran Clair — journo The ensuite continues the high-quality theme.There’s even a city view from the huge upstairs front balcony. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoFinishes throughout are of an excellent standard. There’s a big outdoor space for entertaining with an expansive outlook.But the clincher has to be the reported “accommodation for a minimum of 5 vehicles” — a number that could be stretched with some clever car manoeuvres. This Brisbane home has plenty of space for car-lovers to show off their collection.Suburban Brisbane has seen a number of substantial homes hit the market of late with glass-walled pools to bowling alleys all on offer.But if you’re a car-lover who loathes step-based cardio classes, then 31 Waroon St, Stafford could be the house for you.Positioned on a 630sq m allotment, the two-level contemporary home provides five-bedroom, three-bathroom accommodation across 578sq m of floor area.The finish is high end with Bosche appliances, butler’s pantry, security-gated entry and ducted airconditioning all listed among the inclusions. ‘There’s nothing else for it — we’re going to have to buy more cars!’In addition, the timber panelled internal lift will allow the owner to exert little effort in rising from the garage to the upper level.
MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The most serious injury came Sunday when Ohio State cornerback Kendall Sheffield tore a chest muscle while heaving 225 pounds in the bench press drill. A torn pectoral typically requires surgery and a year’s recovery.More disconcerting to teams are the players who can’t use injury as an excuse. That group this year included:—Mississippi left tackle Greg Little. He labored through the on-field drills and posted poor numbers in the 40 (5.33) and vertical jump (25 inches). Those were among the worst for O-linemen and he skipped the bench press altogether.—Florida Atlantic running back Devin Singletary. The Owls’ 5-foot-7, 203-pound playmaker piled up 3,300 yards and 54 touchdowns the last two seasons. But his hopes of shedding concerns about the level of competition he faced took a hit with a disappointing 4.66-second 40-yard dash.—Georgia running back Elijah Holyfield. His status as one of the few standouts in a rather weak running backs class took a hit when he was clocked in the 40 in 4.78 seconds, slower than the trio of punters and kickers who ran the 40 at the combine. Among running backs, only Wisconsin’s Alec Ingold ran slower than Holyfield.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Florida defensive lineman Jachai Polite talks to the media at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday, March 2 2019 in Indianapolis. (Detroit Lions via AP)INDIANAPOLIS — Many headliners boosted their draft stock at the NFL’s annual scouting combine with a wonderful workout, a dazzling 40-yard dash, a brilliant bench press or, in Kyler Murray’s case, just standing up straight.Mississippi State edge rusher Montez Sweat and Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf were the big winners along with Murray , but others saw eyebrows raised and their value lowered after costly injuries, bad interviews or pedestrian performances.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award No. 4 Duke holds on to beat Wake Forest Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil They’ll have to do better in their pro days and private workouts ahead of the draft in late April.One of the biggest disappointments was potential first-round pick Jachai Polite, an outside linebacker from Florida who put up unimpressive numbers in the 40 (4.84 seconds) and vertical jump (32 inches) before ending his workout Sunday with a sore hamstring.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsClemson’s hulking defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence strained his left thigh running the 40 and sat out the remaining drills, disappointing scouts eager to see how the 350-pounder performed after missing the College Football Playoff because of a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug.Lawrence’s college teammate, linebacker Tre Lamar, hurt his right shoulder on the bench press, and highly touted LSU cornerback Greedy Williams didn’t compete Monday after suffering cramps. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
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